Tours around Portugal from Lisbon
Lisbon is a capital of Portugal and of course usually it’s a main target for tourists. There are hundreds of sightseeing and attractions in Lisbon and it will take a week to see all of them, or even more, it depends on the intensity of tours you will do every day. But Lisbon not the only one city full of attractions in Portugal because Portugal has to offer its visitors much much more. Even the country seems quite small – you can cross the country by car from west to east in 3 hours and from south to north in 8 hours, there are so many interesting places you should visit. We star our review from tours you can find in Lisbon. Nowadays in Lisbon hundreds of tours agency, which you choose you decide yourself. You can explore the city center on feet if you have enough time, or choose one of the options below:
- Go on tour with our tour guide
- Rent GoGo cart
- Tour with bicycles
- Rent Twizy for ecotour
- Hippotrip tour Tour by road & river Tagus (you can add ticket during booking)
- Hop-On Hop-Off tour bus
- Sailing boat cruise
- Rent electrical scooter and so on
Our next suggestion to explore surrounding area of Lisbon – Cascais & Sintra.
It’s also a Mecca for surfers and windsurfers, especially Guincho Beach, which has hosted the World Surfing Championships.
Cascais is a lovely Portuguese fishing town, and is the Lisbon’s shore most popular holiday destination. The town is located on a fascinating shoreline, and during the summer it’s a hustle resort, with a buzzing holiday atmosphere. Cascais was a small fishing village, until King Luís I (1838 – 1889) chose it as his royal summer residence. Nowadays, Cascais is an elegant fusion of decorative 19th-century architecture, traditional Portuguese charm and outstanding tourist facilities.
Sintra is known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that’s why Sintra tour destination is absolute bestseller on tour market.
Place we would recomend to visit in Sintra:
- Pena Palace
- Nacional Sintra Palace
- Castle of Mouros
- Quinta da Regaleira
- Convento dos Capuchos
- Parque da Pena
- Palace & Park of Monserrate
- Museum of Arts of Sintra
If you would like to continue to discover Portuguese palaces you can go to Mafra, where to submerge in Portuguese history in Mafra palace – the largest royal palace in Portugal. Mafra located at a distance 28 kilometres from Lisbon. Construction began in 1717 and was completed in 1755. The palace was classified as a National Monument in 1910, and was also one of the finalists of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. On the way to Mafra you definitely should stop at unique Jose Franco`s village museum where you’ll find wonderful miniatures of rural scenes. In case you get hungry and you would like to taste traditional Portuguese seafood there are a lot of friendly fish restaurants in fishing village of Ericeira.
For those who curious about medieval history we recommend to go to Tomar. There you’ll find home of the Order of Knights Templar. Marvel with the Convento de Cristo, one of Portugal’s most unique and impressive architectural monuments, listed as UNESCO World Heritage site. On lunch you can go to Medieval Tavern. That is the best way to taste Portuguese gastronomy and feel like real Knight of Templar. On the way to Tomar you can visit Mira de Aire Caves – biggest tourist caves in Portugal and Iberian peninsula. If you like to visit castles you probably would like to visit The Castle of Almourol. Almourol is a medieval castle in the middle of the Tagus River. The castle was part of the defensive line controlled by the Knights Templar, and a stronghold used during the Portuguese Reconquista.
To continue theme of medieval castles we suggest to visit Óbidos. Óbidos is the traditional Portuguese fortified town, and is one of the most picturesque locations in Portugal. There you can try Portuguese traditional the sweet cherry liquor Ginja served in the small chocolate cups. Óbidos is a small town and can be fully seen within a couple of hours and it’s quite close to Lisbon.
Another the most popular visitor’s place in Portugal is Fátima. Every year more than 4 million visitors come to Portugal visit The Sanctuary of Fátima also known as Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, is a group of Catholic religious buildings and structures in Cova da Iria, in the civil parish of Fátima. In 1916, on three separate occasions, Lúcia Santos and her two cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, began witnessing apparitions of an angel in the region of Valinhos. These visitations persisted until the 13 May 1917 when, while tending their family’s sheep in Cova da Iria, they witnessed the apparition of what they later assumed was the Virgin Mary, and began doing penance and self-sacrifice to atone for sinners.
On your way to Fátima you can visit another famous place – Nazaré. Nazaré has become a popular tourist attraction, advertising itself internationally as a picturesque seaside village. In November 2011, surfer Garrett McNamara, surfed a record-breaking giant wave: 78 feet (23.8 m) from trough to crest, at Praia do Norte, Nazaré.
To get more from your visit to Portugal you’d better first check the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site and choose what you prefer to see at first. One site from this list is Gothic convent “Batalha”, which you can visit during your journey to Fátima. This gigantic pearl of Gothic architecture occupied Portugal’s most accomplished tradesmen under Royal command for the best past of two centuries. It was built to celebrate the Portuguese victory over the Castilians in the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385.
If you going to visit Lisbon in summer don’t miss opportunity to attend Arrábida Natural Park which is also included in list UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nature Park of Arrábida is a protected area, founded in 1976 and covering an area of 108 square kilometres, situated between the town of Sesimbra and the city of Setúbal. As well if you go there you have a chance to visit vineyard and taste Portuguese wine and cheese in Azeitão.
For those who like wine tasting, preferably to go to Évora. There you can find wide range of vine from Alentejo region. Another highlight of the excursion is its Chapel of Bones – the 16th century chapel decorated with bones, skulls, and entire bodies hanging from the wall. One of the main attractions of Évora is the Roman Temple dedicated to the Goddess Diana.
Another attractive place that you can visit only at summer is romantic Berlenga island.The Berlenga Island is about 7 miles from the Peniche Port ; it is 1500 meters long and 800 meters wide, with a perimeter of 4000 meters and reaches 88 meters at its highest point and –30 meters at its lowest. After the Portuguese Restoration War, during the reign of King John IV, the Counsel of War determined that the demolition of the monastery ruins, and the use of their rocks to build a coastal defense would help protect the coastal settlements; the Fort of São João Baptista das Berlengas was constructed from the remnants of the monastery ruins. By 1655, it had already, during its construction, resisted an assault by three Barbary coast pirates. There you can explore the caves in a glass-bottom boat,swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing on the beach.
The longest trip from Lisbon to Porto it takes 4 hours by car. Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula. The history of Porto dates back to around 300 BC with Proto-Celtic and Celtic people being the first known inhabitants and of course as any ancient city it has a a lot of historical attraction and sightseeing. Visit Porto Cathedral and discover the typical rabelo boats of the Douro River. And of course visit to Porto can’t be done without visiting famous Porto’s vineyards. Learn the maritime history of Portugal’s capital of the north and admire the Gothic facade of the Church of São Francisco.